Kadaga calls for reform of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has supported proposed reforms to the
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, a constituent organization of the
At the Association’s Executive Committee meeting in Mauritius, where
Kadaga is representing Uganda, the Speaker said the reforms are long
overdue and should be urgently implemented.
“At the moment, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is a charity of
the United Kingdom and in case of dissolution, the proceeds which are
contributed by member countries would go to charities in the United
Kingdom,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga said representatives agreed to present the position to their heads of
state to process decision making on the matter during the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018.
“We really want to change the status so that it is more aligned to the
interests of the contributing countries. So we have agreed that the issue of
the status will be considered and a decision taken,” she said.
Kadaga is representing Uganda in Mauritius, at the CPA’s executive
committee meeting which, among others, is reviewing the commonwealth
values and strengthening collaboration between Parliaments.
The CPA is a constituent organization of the Commonwealth, bringing
together all Parliaments of 52 member countries.
The executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is
the implementing arm of the Association, which is tasked with following up
on decisions taken by the association.
The meeting is hosted by Mauritius Parliament Speaker Santi Bai
Kadaga said the meeting also resolved to extend internship opportunities at
the prestigious CPA Secretariat to re3ect the diversity of all the 4ve regions
represented in the Association.
“We discussed the need for inclusion on the internship of CPA and we have
resolved that they should come from all the 4ve countries of the
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